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Is it possible to make a floating piece of wood sink?

I bought a beautiful piece of wood at an LFS. Although it was in the reptile section, I was sure that I'd be able to put it in my tank because it was very heavy and dense.

Well, it floats! Is there a trick to make it sink?
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Put it in a tub of water and put a rock on it. The increased water pressure will bog it down and it will sink eventually. How long depends on size and wood type. This will also help remove the tannins.
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Ceramic drill bit + slate tile used in flooring=> break it up to suit, drill hole in it, screw to wood.

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Plexiglass also works for this.

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Ceramic drill bit + slate tile used in flooring=> break it up to suit, drill hole in it, screw to wood.

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Stainless steel screw also
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If you do this outside, keep in mind, you're gunna have some mold and algae growing on it. Just boil it after, to make sure it's safe for the tank. (:
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to do mine I bought a 30+ gallon rubbermaid container with lid, filled with water put wood in and sink with a few old weights I had lying around, check the water after a week or so and replace if it is very yellow, this will help get rid of the tannins, but even after about 6 weeks in a tub mine still leeches tannins.
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I drop some of my finds in an outdoor pond and some take over 6 months to sink naturally. I'd weight it down.

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What I got is called Mac's Riverwood. Does anyone know if this is aquarium-safe?
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What I got is called Mac's Riverwood. Does anyone know if this is aquarium-safe?
I've seen Mac's Select or whatever at my LFS, I believe it was grapevine, which I think isn't good for aquarium use, but I may be wrong.


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I use grapevine root and its ok. I havent had any problems at all.

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I use grapevine root and its ok. I havent had any problems at all.
Oh, might have been grapewood, IDK, I think I'm wrong.


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People pay for grapevine? Wow! there's 6 zillion tons of it on my parent's farm. I've never once thought about using it in my aquarium.
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I am pretty sure there was a thread a few days/about a week ago that mentioned Grapevine was not suitable for aquarium use.

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The vine is a soft wood and tends to rot quickly is the major problem. I use the root. It tends to be tougher and curly/gnarlier looking.

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